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Q.Frozen Fountain Grass

Anonymous added on March 19, 2011 | Answered

I have two large mounds of purple fountain grass that look like they were ‘victims’ of the hard freeze we had this year in Texas. They don’t look like there’s any life left, but I have pruned them down to about 6 inches. Do you think they can recover? What else should I do?¬†Or since they’re ‘frozen, ‘ should I just take them out?

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Answered on March 20, 2011

It is hardy to about 20 degrees F. But if the temps there got lower than that, there is a chance the roots survived if the ground did not freeze. I would give it a few weeks to see if the roots start to grow new leaves. If you do not see any growth in a few weeks, it is likely dead and will need to be removed.

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